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In a first, global smartphone sales declined in Q4 2017 as market reaches saturation

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

It was bound to happen eventually. Global smartphone sales have fallen year-over-year for the first time since 2004. Research firm Gartner reports that industry-wide, sales in the fourth quarter of 2017 dropped 5.6% from the same time period in 2016.

While Samsung and Apple maintained their leads in units sold, both showed declines in year-over-year sales. Samsung's sales decreased by 3.6% for Q4, and Apple dropped a somewhat surprising 5%.

Gartner attributes some of the slowdown in Q4 to the aging of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, with the S9 set to debut at the Mobile World Congress, as well as some confusion over Apple's release of three new models of iPhone and supply shortages for iPhone X.

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In a first, global smartphone sales declined in Q4 2017 as market reaches saturation was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung reportedly readying ‘3D Emoji’ feature for the Galaxy S9, similar to Apple’s Animojis

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

The unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ is less than 2 weeks away, and thanks to the now customary series of leaks, we already know a fair amount about what to expect from the new flagship. Thanks to a report by Korean outlet ETNews, we potentially know a little bit more about a certain software feature that Samsung is preparing.

With the release of the iPhone X, Apple threw its substantial marketing clout behind a new animated emoji feature (Animojis) that mimics your facial expressions as you speak or sing.

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Samsung reportedly readying '3D Emoji' feature for the Galaxy S9, similar to Apple's Animojis was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The Play Store hit 19 billion downloads in Q4 2017, increasing its lead over Apple’s App Store to 145%

Friday, January 26th, 2018

People are downloading more apps than ever. According to App Annie, the Google Play Store saw over 19 billion downloads in Q4 2017, with year-over-year growth at 10%. That's around 145% more than the Apple App Store, which garnered around 7.7 billion downloads. That being said, the App Store still blew the Play Store away in terms of revenue.

That 19 billion figure is only made more impressive when you realize that it only includes new downloads, not reinstalls or app updates.

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The Play Store hit 19 billion downloads in Q4 2017, increasing its lead over Apple's App Store to 145% was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The US smartphone market is devolving into a Samsung and Apple market – and that’s bad for Android

Friday, January 12th, 2018

If you live in the United States and walk into a Verizon store, you have essentially four options when it comes to choosing a premium smartphone brand: Apple, Samsung, LG, and Google. Yesterday, we learned that continuing to expect LG will be one of these options probably isn't the best bet.

While there may yet be a premium LG phone that launches on Verizon, the Korean conglomerate looks poised to join Motorola as one of Verizon's when-it's-convenient handset partners, and is quite possibly on its way to the Verizon graveyard with the likes of HTC, Sony, and BlackBerry.

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The US smartphone market is devolving into a Samsung and Apple market - and that's bad for Android was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Fascinating read: How Google Maps has moved so far ahead of the competition

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Justin O’Beirne is what you would call a modern cartographer. He has long believed that the future of map making has to be intertwined with technology, and his career has seen him work in Cupertino contributing to Apple's Maps platform. He's also an avid blogger and public speaker and even spoke at Google I/O back in 2011 about styling digital maps for enhanced usability.

On his website, O'Beirne likes to track the progress of different map apps, comparing them against previous versions and each other. His most recent post looks in depth at Google Maps and just how far ahead of the rest of the pack it is.

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Fascinating read: How Google Maps has moved so far ahead of the competition was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Apple confirms it is buying Shazam

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Last week, a report from TechCrunch claimed that Apple was about to buy Shazam for an unknown amount. For the unacquainted, Shazam is a music-detection app, but the company behind it has been looking into AR and other technologies Apple could be interested in. The buyout has now been confirmed by Apple in a public announcement.

"We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple. Since the launch of the App Store, Shazam has consistently ranked as one of the most popular apps for iOS.

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Apple confirms it is buying Shazam was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Shazam reportedly about to be purchased by Apple

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

Shazam was one of the first third-party applications available on the iPhone, as it launched in 2008 alongside the iOS App Store. Later that year, it arrived on Android, and it has continued to maintain a strong userbase. According to a report from TechCrunch, Apple could be looking to buy Shazam as soon as Monday.

If you're not familiar with the app, it uses your phone's microphone to listen to music currently playing, and give you information about it (and links to buy it).

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Shazam reportedly about to be purchased by Apple was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Android to iPhone, part two: What I’ve liked about switching to the iPhone X

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

I can already tell I’ll have a hard time going back to Android’s software navigation keys.

One of the most pleasantly surprising features of the iPhone X - and something that’s going to read like it’s straight out of Phil Schiller’s marketing playbook - comes in the form of what Apple removed from the phone: the home button. By forcing the issue of gesture navigation instead of going half-in with soft keys, Apple’s made a convert of me.

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Android to iPhone, part two: What I've liked about switching to the iPhone X was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

I’ve never used an iPhone, part one: Switching to the iPhone X and first thoughts

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

On a fall day over eight years ago, I walked into an AT&T store in Davis, my college town, to see the iPhone 3GS. I held it, stared at it, looked at the price card, then back at the phone, and then down at the price card again. Reality began to set in.

I was locked into a contract with my Sony-Ericsson feature phone for another six months. I asked about early upgrade pricing - $200 on top of the $199 AT&T already charged for the phone - but I was a student, and my meager checking account balance could barely withstand the regular on-contract price and accompanying increase in the monthly service fee.

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I’ve never used an iPhone, part one: Switching to the iPhone X and first thoughts was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

I’ve never used an iPhone, part one: Switching to the iPhone X and first thoughts

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

On a fall day over eight years ago, I walked into an AT&T store in Davis, my college town, to see the iPhone 3GS. I held it, stared at it, looked at the price card, then back at the phone, and then down at the price card again. Reality began to set in.

I was locked into a contract with my Sony-Ericsson feature phone for another six months. I asked about early upgrade pricing - $200 on top of the $199 AT&T already charged for the phone - but I was a student, and my meager checking account balance could barely withstand the regular on-contract price and accompanying increase in the monthly service fee.

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I’ve never used an iPhone, part one: Switching to the iPhone X and first thoughts was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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